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A Diverse Local Economy

Lebanon Business

The Lebanon Valley is a great location to do business. Within a 500-mile radius of the Valley lies 45 percent of the U.S. population, 60 percent of the Canadian population, four of the nine major U.S. markets, 41 percent of domestic trade service industries and 45 percent of U.S. manufacturers. This prime location serves as a strong incentive for businesses to take root in the Valley.

The area boasts moderate real estate taxes and affordable industrial and commercial land. Funding and incentives such as tax-exempt industrial revenue bonds, workforce training grants and infrastructure programs are available to employers.

Among the prominent and growing business sectors in the Lebanon Valley are food processing, manufacturing, pharmaceutical-related firms, warehousing and distribution companies and service industries.

Nearly 5,000 businesses call the Lebanon Valley area home, with large national companies existing side-by-side with locally owned businesses. The Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce represents a “business melting pot” with its membership comprised of a variety of types and sizes of businesses from all areas of the Lebanon Valley. The Chamber provides legislative representation, business training programs, networking opportunities, business assistance services and group benefit programs to its more than 800 member employers.

AGRICULTURE

Since its humble Germanic beginnings in the 1700s, the Lebanon Valley has been noted for its rich agricultural land. Agriculture remains one of the county’s largest industries, made possible by the 45 percent of its land devoted to agriculture.

INDUSTRY & MANUFACTURING

The Lebanon Valley is home base to a diversity of industries. One rapidly growing sector is bioscience manufacturing, which benefits from the Valley’s access to research, capital and markets. Additionally, a wide variety of bioscience manufacturing grants, loans and other assistance programs can be accessed to support growing companies. Among the bioscience-related businesses enjoying the advantages of calling Lebanon Valley its home is Bayer Healthcare.Food processing and production corporations have found the Lebanon Valley to be an ideal location as well. Besides easy access to many modes of transportation, the Lebanon Valley offers many services to food processing companies such as hiring and training resources, university-based food service research and much more. Among the noted area firms in the food processing sector are ASK Foods, Inc., BC Natural Chicken, LLC, the Hershey Company, Ingretec, Ltd., Kutztown/Weaver’s Bologna, Mark Hershey Farms, Inc., Murry’s, Inc., Palmyra Bologna Company, Inc. and Swiss Premium Dairy.

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